By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — Three burglary suspects have been indicted in the death of their 13-year-old alleged accomplice, who was shot by Clayton County police as they fled from a Jonesboro home.
Jamar Ladann Odom, 20, Reginald Junior Carter, 20, and Collin Mitchell, 22, were indicted Wednesday for felony murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct, burglary, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer.
Police said the three men, along with Trevion Demarco Davis, 13, broke into a home on Bonanza Church Road June 27, 2012. When police arrived, the four ran in different directions from the home and Davis reportedly waved around a BB gun and refused to stop, causing officers to fire at him, prosecutors said.
Georgia state law allows a charge of felony murder to be imposed on a defendant involved in a crime that ends in death, even if he is not the triggerman.
Davis was no stranger to Clayton Juvenile Court officials. Records show he was put on probation at 11 for two years in Coweta County for simple battery at school. When his family moved to Clayton County, the probation was transferred, too. Records show Davis stayed out of trouble while on probation. Juvenile Court Judge Steve Teske said last year that Davis had a probation officer who made sure the youngster stayed busy, getting him involved in boxing and basketball.
However, probation ended in March. Shortly before he was killed, Clayton juvenile authorities got a complaint about Davis' involvement in a criminal trespass. Records show the accusation could have risen to the level of attempted burglary because Davis was caught in the act of kicking in the door of a home he planned to burglarize, according to court records.
Details about Davis' possible mental health issues or specialized schooling are protected by federal law and were not released.